Schisandra Berry

5 Surprising Benefits Of Schisandra Berry

5 Surprising Benefits Of Schisandra Berry

Schisandra Berry

Schisandra berry is an adaptogenic antioxidant superfood! It has been used in ancient Asian and Russian traditional medicine for centuries. Modern scientific studies have found that schisandra berry has a lot to offer in today’s modern world!  This berry, found in our Daily B-Complex Gummy, is considered a strong antioxidant and this might offer protection to nerves and to the liver.  More human studies are needed and these are happening more and more often.  

Most of this berry’s effectiveness seems to come from the lignans of the plant.  These lignans downregulate pro-inflammatory cytokines and mediators.  Like many natural substances, they do so by reducing signally from the Nf-KB pathway and MAPK signaling.  An anthocyanin in the plant is considered a strong antioxidant.   

Liver Function & Fat Loss

Schisandra berry has been proven to improve liver function by reducing the amount of fat in alcohol-induced fatty liver disease.

An improperly functioning liver can slow down the body’s ability to metabolize fat and can even bring fat-burning to a stop in some circumstances.

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The liver also processes toxins in the body to prepare them for evacuation. When toxins are not properly processed your body will store those toxins in your fat. Liver injury and disease are often associated with weight gain due to the body’s inability to properly process fats and toxins.  Many times, the overall fluid balance of the body is disrupted, leading to ascites (fluid collections in the abdomen).

Vasodilation

Red Blood Cells

Schisandra has been shown to relax blood vessels due to an increase in an enzyme called endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS). eNOS converts Arginine into Nitric Oxide (NO2) that allows for blood vessels to relax and blood flow to increase. When blood vessels are dilated like this more nutrients are circulated and more waste is removed from the body.

This process improves energy and performance.  Many blood pressure medications are formulated to produce similar effects.  Schisandra is a natural way to promote vasodilation. 

Lower Cortisol

Supplementation with schisandra berry has been shown to decrease cortisol by 200% after exercise. Lower cortisol levels help the body recover faster, build muscle faster, and burn fat better.  Mental performance under conditions of stress is also thought to be improved by the activity of Schisandra on signaling pathways in the cell.  This makes sense as Schisandra is considered an ‘adaptogen’.  Adaptogens simply are medicinal plants that enhance the state of nonspecific resistance to stress.  The term was coined by Lazarev in Russia.  It is helpful to engage in deep breathing exercises after intense workouts for stress reduction as well.    

Excessive cortisol can leave you with more stress, insomnia, anxiety, depression, and inflammation.

Sexual Function

There is evidence that due to schisandra’s ability to lower cortisol that it can in turn improve sexual function. This is due to the fact that lower cortisol levels have been seen in relation to higher levels of testosterone and other sex hormones. 

A study looked at cortisol levels in women in relation to sexual arousal. “The women who showed an increase in cortisol had lower scores on the Arousal, Desire, and Satisfaction domains of the Female Sexual Function Index.” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2703719/

Schisandra also helps to promote vasodilation and this is an essential aspect to most sexual functions.

Immune Support

In one study, it was found that schisandra is able to upregulate beneficial cytokine expression. Cytokines are small proteins that are crucial to the immune system as they control the growth and activity of other immune system cells and blood cells.  Some cytokines are proinflammatory and others are anti-inflammatory.  Schisandra will allow production of the healthier, less inflammatory proteins.  Adaptogens help to guide the physiology  toward the resolvin pathway rather than the more destructive inflammatory pathway. 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6264271

Schisandra is also a known anti-inflammatory. Chronic inflammation can leave the body in a state of vulnerability to outside invaders. While the body is fighting off chronic long-term inflammation other immune system responses can be slower and weaker than usual.

Check Out Our Daily B-Complex Gummies

Our B-Complex Gummy contains all 8 B vitamins essential to a healthy life as well as elderberry and schisandra berry! This gummy was formulated to help fight fatigue and low energy by offering metabolism support, antioxidant action, neural signaling improvement, healthy brain function, and overall cell health.

Our Daily Immune Complex contains ingredients like zinc, vitamins D3 & C, along with schisandra berry and other immune-strengthening ingredients! This antioxidant-rich formula can reduce oxidative stress and inflammation throughout the body, while promoting a faster recovery from illness.

Dr. Meredith Warner Baton Rouge Orthopedic Surgeon
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

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